We had a few nights at this hotel. My wife had been before with her mother and sister. Brilliant elevated location with panoramic views. As far as I can understand it is an " up-market " Shearings Hotel that does not do coach parties, just independant travellers, ( but I'm not 100% sure if that is correct ). The public areas of the hotel have all been modernised and it's nice, bordering on chique. We paid the top price for an superior room on a DBB basis. Our room was fab. Large with a four poster, large screen telly and a turreted area effectively almost doubled the size of the room. Fantastive view out to see and over the picturesque harbour. Being a pro photographer I took various tri pod mounted long exposure shots over the harbour late at night and early in the morning from the bedroom windows.
Breakfast was fine and so was dinner. BUT and a rather big BUT was the supplements on the dining room menu for certain choices. Basically from the set ( included ) menu any starter or main course we chose to eat was subject to a supplement charge. I felt the supplements didn't really take into account you had already paid for dinner. Anyway we paid so we could eat what we wanted and not just something we didn't really want to save money. It was certainly possible to dine every night without paying any extra. It's personal choice and deemed by your own budget. We did enjoy what we got but it was a wee bit steep.
The only other thing I would make a negative about was that one of the waitress's ( the chubby one ) had a bit of a bad attitude and we prefered to be served by one of the others.
If I was running this hotel I would also put into practice a policy that gives superior room residents a superior table in the dining room. Other Shearings Hotels I have stayed in do this and I think that is only fair.
Lastly, I forgot to take my laptop and the evening receptionist was kind enough to let me use the hotel computer to check my emails and bid for a classc car I wanted on ebay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Portpatrick is a small fishing village set in a peaceful and unspoilt corner of Southern Scotland. The Portpatrick Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore this delightful area. The Portpatrick Hotel is a spectacular property standing on Galloway’s clifftops in nine acres of grounds, overlooking the village and its secluded harbour. The area is a haven for lovers of sports and the outdoors, with its own tennis court and 9-hole golf course. You’ll also find a variety of wonderful opportunities for birdwatching and fishing. From the hotel you can enjoy day trips to nearby Stranraer, magnificent historical sites and gardens, or even a trip by ferry to Northern Ireland. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Portpatrick Hotel Scotland